Monday, 19 July 2010

Tall buildings 2

I commented here last October on the new skyscraper being constructed on Bishopsgate, in the City of London, called the Heron Tower.



This is how it looked photographed from the same spot a couple of weeks ago, soaring away into the sky.

The building was ceremonially ‘topped out’ in April, when major construction was completed, and it now stands at 202 metres. The spire is still to be added; it has no purpose but will help push the final height up to 230 metres. There are 46 storeys of office space, with some retail planned at ground level and a restaurant at the top. I still don’t like the building much, but credit must go to those who manage such complex construction projects, on a very small and tricky site right in the centre of this busy city.



The south fa├žade of the Heron Tower, with the distinctive shape of the Gherkin reflected.

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